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An Outstanding Inside Look at the CIA
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2021
Doug London has written an outstanding inside look at the CIA from the perspective of a very talented and passionate Agency case officer. As a CIA case officer myself, I can assure you that Doug hits many of the same themes, which I would were I writing a memoir of my CIA service. He touches on the special techniques of recruitment of foreign spies, the exhilaration of doing so and our sacred commitment to the security of our covert sources as well as the occasional careerism of a very few (definitely not all) CIA operations officers. If his criticism is at times sharp, it's because it is a sadly accurate description of the best spy service in the world, which consists primarily of patriotic men and women but also a very limited number of officers interested in self-aggrandizement or possessing an overweening ego. Such is life in any large organization. Nevertheless, it is obvious, that Doug loves the Agency (and our country) so much that he believes it could be even better. I agree with his sentiments and feel this is a thought provoking and important book.